In 2000, the K-State Student Union Program Council (UPC) partnered with the Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet and the International Association for Jazz Education to showcase jazz in Manhattan.
In 2005, the K-State Student Union Program Council and the Manhattan, Kansas Parks & Recreation Department worked together to form the first Little Apple Jazz Festival.
This year for the first time we are offering the Little Apple Music Festival, which will still feature jazz at its core, but also offer indie, blues, and country music, in order to appeal to a wide variety of audience members. The festival - as part of the Arts in the Park series - will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 6-11 pm at City Park's Larry Novell Band Shell.
Last year's festival attracted more than 2,000 people. The festival also aims to attract out-of-towners to show off Manhattan, Kansas-the Little Apple!® We strive to showcase between four and six bands, including a traditional jazz band, a contemporary/smooth jazz band, a latin jazz band, and a headliner. The headlining bands for the 2005-2012 festivals were Kevin Mahogany, Kathy Kosins, Ron Gutierrez, Lisa Henry, Les Lankhorst, Roxi Copland, and CJ Manning & Company, and Panorama, respectively. There will be two stages at the festival and a family-friendly area. It's an event that appeals to the whole family.